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Bombay High Court Directs BMC to Prevent Unlawful Animal Slaughter During Bakrid in South Mumbai Residential Complex

HC Orders BMC to Ensure Illegal Killing of Animals is Prohibited in South Mumbai Housing Society During Bakrid

In response to a petition filed by a resident of Nathani Heights society in south Mumbai, the Bombay High Court conducted an urgent hearing after regular court hours regarding the slaughtering of animals during the Bakrid festival. The division bench of Justices G.S. Kulkarni and Jitendra Jain ruled that the civic body, Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), must grant a license before slaughtering can be permitted at Nathani Heights society.

With Bakrid or Eid-al-Adha approaching on Thursday, the court emphasized that the BMC should ensure that no illegal slaughtering of animals takes place in the residential colony. If the municipal corporation has not issued a license for slaughtering animals at the specific location, the court ordered the BMC officials, assisted by the police, to take appropriate legal action to prevent such slaughtering.

Haresh Jain, the resident who filed the petition, sought a complete ban on animal slaughtering within the society. However, Advocate Joel Carlos, representing the BMC, argued against a complete ban and stated that the civic body’s officers would inspect the premises of the society. If any violations were found, appropriate action would be taken.

The court further specified that if action was required, the relevant police station should provide suitable police assistance to the municipal corporation officials. This would ensure that the necessary measures are taken to address the situation effectively.

In summary, the Bombay High Court, in an urgent hearing, ruled that the BMC must issue a license for slaughtering animals at Nathani Heights society. In the absence of a license, the court ordered the BMC and the police to take legal action to prevent any illegal slaughtering during the Bakrid festival. The court’s decision was based on a petition filed by a society resident seeking a complete ban on animal slaughtering within the premises. The BMC assured that they would inspect the society and take appropriate action if any violations were found.

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